Groups of the EU population most at risk of poverty that are likely to grow include the elderly, migrants, and single heads of households. Managing the transition to an increasingly aging population while maintaining high welfare standards will depend upon reform of pension and healthcare systems, and labor markets.
The United States needs to adopt an increasingly nuanced — but long-term — approach to countering the al Qa'ida movement, says Seth Jones. U.S. policymakers should view the al Qa'ida threat as a decades-long struggle like the Cold War.
In Europe, a political consensus has emerged on the importance of inclusive education, reflected by a general trend towards placement of children with SEN in mainstream education, and away from special schooling.
Most of the major nation-building missions undertaken since the end of the Cold War achieved not only their primary aim of establishing peace, but also other benefits — with only a modest commitment of military resources and economic assistance.
Small-scale interventions to stabilize a partner government engaged in violent conflict could become the rule rather than the exception for U.S. military forces, but such modest resource commitments generally yield only modest results.
Awareness of sexual violence within the U.S. military has grown over the past decade, but barriers still exist for servicemembers who report the crimes and seek psychological health care. A research agenda needs to take full account of the types of damage being done.
The common policies of the EU countries have paid off. For the first time, there are euro and cent calculations to prove that the transferal of policies to the EU level, and their funding through the EU, actually saves national governments money.
We cannot assume, based on Boston's response to the marathon bombings, that other U.S. cities are as prepared. Emergency managers and public safety agencies remain focused on disaster preparedness, but some hospitals have lapsed into thinking that it is a costly distraction from daily business.
New interventional cardiac catheterization services offered by U.S. hospitals generally duplicate existing programs and do not help patients gain access to timely emergency cardiac care. Instead, the focus has been on competing with other hospitals.